James Shires

researcher and educator in politics, security and technology

About me:

I speak, write and teach on a range of topics concerning politics, security and technology, especially cybersecurity (cyber threats to individuals, organizations and states, capacity building, resilience, and expertise) and information flows (disinformation, leaks, and new media). A lot of my research focuses on the Middle East, and I spend much of my time in the region. I try to think about security and technology broadly, including human rights, gender and intersectional issues. I do talks and media interviews, and if you would like to contact me please use the website form.


The Hague, Netherlands: As of September 2019, I am an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA - check out their blog here) at the University of Leiden. At ISGA, I am a member of the research group on Cybersecurity Governance and an Associate Fellow of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms. You can find more about my courses on the 'teaching' tab. I am also affiliated with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.

Cambridge, MA: For the academic year 2018-2019, I was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Cyber Project and Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. I was also part of their China Cyber Policy Initiative.

Oxford, UK: In 2018, I completed a DPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford, on cybersecurity in Egypt and the Gulf states (here), and remain part of the University of Oxford's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs. Before my doctoral studies, I completed an MSc at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a BA at the University of Cambridge.